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Could you tell me what are some alternative medications to use for anxiety instead of barbiturates?
SSRIs: Barbiturates are actually not the treatment of choice for anxiety. It would be helpful to talk with your doctor about treatment options. The first line agents for anxiety are ssri antidepressant medications. Unfortunately, they do take several weeks before they start working. Therapy can also be quite helpful in the treatment of anxiety. ...Read more
Not safe: Barbituates are habit forming, and potentially harmful to the person who deviates from medical prescription. You are made "less aware" of yourself by becoming "sedated". Increasing the dose is the problem. Coma and death are possible side effects that physicians must educate you about, so that your treatment is safe and effective. Best wishes for your care. ...Read more
How frequently do you see bradycardia with barbiturate toxicity and how would you speed it up back to normal?
It is common: and there is no reason to "speed it up to normal" unless the blood pressure is very low. This is not something "you do at home." A barbiturate overdose requires being in an emergency care setting. Breathing can slow down to the point of low oxygen levels and ultimate cardiopulmonary arrest, as well as permanent brain damage. Ventillator support and use of cardiac/BP stimulants may be needed. ...Read more
I haven't been taking pain medication besides nerotin for several days, and i was just given one my barbiturate, what does this mean?
I don't understand: Your question. Please resubmit it being careful to give us information about whether it was newly prescribed and what type of pain you have and exactly what you wish to know. Thank you and we will answer your question as soon as it comes in. ...Read more
Prescribed for what?: There is really only one condition for which a barbiturate can be a drug-of-choice, and that is generalized seizures, for which either Phenobarbital or Primidone (which is metabolized into phenobarbital) can be a first line drug. Barbiturates are mostly complexed with tylenol (acetaminophen) and caffeine in migraine pills like Fioricet etc which I believe is an irrational and dangerous drug. Many better choices. ...Read more
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